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And finally, the last of Budapest’s Districts to be explored: Districts XIII, XIV and XXI. Even here, there are things to see and do.
Budapest District XIII
Budapest District XIII is known as Angyalföld, or Land of Angels, and it has two completely different parts. Northern Angyalföld is the most typical working class area in Budapest, while the southern part (Újlipótváros), along the Grand Boulevard, is a continuation of the inner city.
The district plays an important role in Budapest’s transportation industry, with Nyugati Train Station and the country-wide coach station at Árpád Bridge located here.
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The 13th district runs along the Danube and boasts Margaret Bridge and St. István park as major landmarks, but it’s also where many young families live. The leafy streets close to the Danube have an almost village feel to them. District XIII is also the home of many Class ‘A’ office buildings. Larger development areas in this district have seen a boom in building and the area has become home to many international companies as well as one of the largest shopping malls in Europe, The West End City Centre.
The most popular attraction in District XIII is the idyllic Margaret Island (Margitsziget). If you want to get away from the bustling city, head for Margitsziget for a walk or jog in a quiet, peaceful atmosphere along the Danube. Since the Danube borders Angyalföld, you can also get there by boat operated by the city’s public transport company (BKV).
Újlipótváros, Angyalföld, Vizafogó
Budapest District XIV
Zugló is Budapest’s second greenest district. It has recently been undergoing a massive residential development, as it has become a very popular target for locals and expats planning to buy an apartment. You can buy a nice flat in green surroundings here, similar to those in the Buda Hills, for less money.
Attractions include Heroes’ Square with the grandiose Millennium Monument, Budapest Zoo, and the Botanical Garden and Amusement Park in City Park (Városliget). Városliget is home to bars such as Kertem and Pántlika where you can hang out with friends and relax in the quiet atmosphere of the park.
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And don’t forget Széchenyi Baths, one of the city’s most popular attractions.
Alsórákos, Herminamező, Istvánmező, Kiszugló, Nagyzugló, Rákosfalva, Törökőr, City Park
Budapest District XXI
District XXI lies on Csepel sziget (Csepel Island). Csepel was the center of local heavy industry in Communist days and it still retains a general working class atmosphere.
District XXI does not boast many attractions, but for explorers who want to get an impression of what it was like during the Communist years, feel free to take a walk in the former Red Csepel Industrial Complex. The entrance to the Csepel Industrial Complex, Csepel Művek, is written in red block letters; in fact, heavy machinery, trucks and tractors were manufactured here. In addition, you can also explore the World War II underground bunker in the industrial complex on a guided tour organized by the Budapest Scenes team.
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Northern Csepel has a large area that might become the site of future development; some people have even dreamt about establishing a “Little Manhattan” here, but plans are still uncertain.
For more pleasant scenery, go to the Danube bank on the eastern side, where you’ll find a spectacular waterfront. You can get to Csepel by the HEV suburban railway from Boráros tér at the Pest end of the Petőfi Bridge or by car.
Credit for photo of Nyugati pályaudvar goes to Zoltán Pelle, find him at @pellezoltanphotography on Facebook.